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Music for Millions (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 18 December 1944 (USA)
Six year old "Mike" joins her sister Barbara Ainsworth who plays in a classical orchestra during WW II.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writer:

Myles Connolly (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret O'Brien ... 'Mike'
José Iturbi ... José Iturbi
June Allyson ... Barbara Ainsworth
Jimmy Durante ... Andrews
Marsha Hunt ... Rosalind
Hugh Herbert ... Uncle Ferdinand
Harry Davenport ... Doctor
Marie Wilson ... Marie
Larry Adler ... Larry
Ben Lessy ... Kickebush
Connie Gilchrist ... Travelers Aid Woman
Katharine Balfour Katharine Balfour ... Elsa
Helen Gilbert ... Helen
Mary Parker ... Anita
Madeleine Lebeau ... Jane (as Madeleine LeBeau)
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Storyline

"Mike" goes to live with her pregnant older sister, Babs, who plays string bass in Iturbi's orchestra. And the orchestra is rapidly turning completely female, what with the draft. As the orchestra travels around the country, Babs' fellow orchestra members intercept and hide her War Office telegram, to protect the baby. Written by Kathy Li

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Warm, Tender Romance! Deep, Lasting Faith! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Musik für Millionen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The member of the band at the Army base who breaks up Jimmy Durante's performance of "Umbriago" by singing in front of the microphone is Eddie Jackson (ne Edward Jacobs), Durante's long time partner in the night-club team of Clayton, Jackson and Durante. The trio performed for years on vaudeville and at New York's Club Durant (sic) but it was the bottom-billed Jimmy who became the star. Lou Clayton, who gave up show business to manage his partner's career, made Jimmy a millionaire. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Umbriago
(1944) (uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Durante and Irving Caesar
Played on piano and sung by Jimmy Durante
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They Can't Make'em Like This Anymore
13 May 2013 | by mccthinesSee all my reviews

I know we live in a different world than we did in 1944, but its surprising to find a mainstream studio film that has a "power of prayer" theme. A beautifully told, sweet and honest story with (I'll have to admit) lots of overly sentimental scenes, this movie is about hope, and prayer, and belief in a higher power during difficult times. We have forgotten what it feels like to live in a world where most everyone was united against a clearly defined evil, and, I think we have to admit, a country that was much more united in its views of God and faith. I celebrate the diversity of today and am proud of our country because of it, but this ancient world of 1944 did exist. And it is worth celebrating too.


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